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Globe Trot: Russians, Comey, Li, and Ahok

International | A roundup of news from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/10/17, 02:49 pm

RUSSIA: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met this morning with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and you just have to read the transcript.

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Jakarta’s Christian governor given two-year sentence

Persecution | Analysts fear the blasphemy case will embolden Muslim hardliners to radicalize once-moderate Indonesia
by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/09/17, 11:13 am

Supporters of Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama gathered today outside a Jakarta prison where officials ordered him to serve a two-year term following last month’s blasphemy conviction. Today’s sentence came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended two years of probation.

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Indonesian prosecutors urge light sentence in blasphemy case

Persecution | Recommendation comes a day after Jakarta’s Christian governor loses election to Muslim opponent
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/20/17, 10:23 am

Prosecutors in the blasphemy case against Indonesian Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama are asking a Jakarta court to give him two years probation for the offense.

Today’s sentencing hearing took place one day after Ahok lost Jakarta’s gubernatorial race. Millions of people went to the polls Wednesday and elected former Cabinet minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s next governor.

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